Samsung’s Galaxy Note was the first device to earn the ‘phablet’ moniker. Offering a compromise between a smartphone and a tablet, the Galaxy Note immediately conquered the market. Its successor, the Galaxy Note II, was even more popular, so there was no surprise when Samsung decided to go for a third round. The company announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 today in Berlin. The phone will arrive in stores on September 25th in as many as 140 countries around the globe. In the US, the device will be carried by AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.3 Phablet
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is slightly bigger than its predecessor, but at the same time is thinner and lighter. The handset measures just 8.3 mm (0.33-inch) in thickness and weighs in at 168 g (5.93 ounces). Such parameters should make the phone quite comfortable to hold in one hand, though operating the screen might not be easy, unless you have extremely long thumbs. In terms of design, the Galaxy Note 3 resembles more the Galaxy S4 than last-year’s Note II. The device has sharper corners and sharper silver-colored polycarbonate edges. The back cover has a leathery feel to it, even though it is made of plastic.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display. Although the display is bigger than on Note II, the device is actually narrower thanks to very slim bezels. The phone will be launched in two versions, each with a different processor. The LTE-capable model comes with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, while the HSPA+ version arrives with a 1.9 GHz eight-core Samsung Exynos 5 Octa chip. Other than that, there will be no differences. The device offers a whopping 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory with microSD expansion up to 64 GB, to boot.
The handset is equipped with two cameras. The main 13-megapixel camera packs BSI sensor with Smart Stabilization and is capable of recording 4K video at 30FPS, 1080p video at 60 FPS, and 720p video at 120 FPS slow motion. Impressive, isn’t it? There is also a 1.9-megapixel front-facing shooter also featuring Smart Stabilization. As for connectivity, you will get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0LE, GPS navigation, and GLONASS radios. Other features include infrared for controlling TVs, MHL for connecting to TVs, and USB 3.0. The phone boasts a massive removable 3,200 mAh battery and runs Android 4.3 with Samsung’s TouchWiz on top.
Like the original Note and Note II, Samsung’s third-generation phablet comes with S Pen stylus. Samsung took an extra care while working on the S Pen this time and designed new functions for the stylus, such as Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, and Pen Window. Action Memo makes notes and memos interactive. Scrapbook lets you save content from websites, videos or photos and keep it in a scrapbook-like app. Screen Write works like a slightly redesigned QuickMemo, while Pen Window is basically Samsung’s version of LG’s QSlide app. S Finder, like the name suggests, is a search tool. The functions are accessed from Air Command.